Four hundred years ago, Isfahan was larger than London and more cosmopolitan than Paris.
Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens,hand-painted tiling,magnificent Public Square,historic bazaar, picturesque bridges and important Islamic buildings,gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city.It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.In the 17th century, the city’s wealth and grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf-e jahan, or “Isfahan is half the world.”
Isfahan has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it has maintained its beauty like it’s three sister cities of Florence, Barcelona, and St. Petersburg.
Good to Know
The city is 430 km south of Tehran at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range. The city enjoys a temperate climate and regular seasons. Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran.
Much of the splendor of the city, including most of its finest monuments, date back to the Safavid era, when the city was the imperial capital of Iran.
The city has an Armenian quarter called New Jolfa established by Shah Abbas I in the 1600s.